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"Menace"
L&O, Episode 7.11
Production number: K1114
First aired: 5 February 1997
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Teleplay By
I.C. Rapoport

Story By
I.C. Rapoport & Barry M. Schkolnick

Directed By
Constantine Makris

An apparent suicide turns out to be murder as Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a woman who jumped from a bridge to avoid a crazed attacker.

Plot Edit

An apparent suicide turns out to be murder as Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a woman who jumped from a bridge to avoid a crazed attacker. The case soon leads to a serial arsonist & a businessman who may have contracted both the murder & the torching of his factory for insurance money.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Randall's Island

Quotes Edit

Ross: Karen Watney had lunch with Dorning. I think she threatened to go to the police unless he gave her money. A few days later, she's dead.
McCoy: Harold Dorning to Randall the Candle to Crazy Mike.
Schiff: And who has evidence of this conspiracy, Mack the Knife?

[at arraignment]
Clerk: Docket number 454320. People vs. Michael L. McDugan. Charged with murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree.
Crazy Mike: What, they're sayin' it's murder?
Judge Silver: Let's get your plea first, Mr. McDugan.
Crazy Mike: I'm not guilty!
Ross: The People ask bail of half a million, your honor.
Attorney: That's way outta line, your honor. This is at best an assault case.
Ross: The defendant terrorized a 28-year-old woman in the dead of night on a bridge ramp, and with depraved indifference, caused her death.
Attorney: The deceased jumped off a bridge on her own. Period.
Ross: She jumped to get away from Mr. McDugan. He didn't have to push her.
Attorney: She chose to die, your honor. My client isn't accountable for the actions of a disturbed individual.
Judge Silver: Miss Ross, it sounds like you're conceding Mr. McDugan didn't push her.
Ross: He may not have physically pushed her, your honor, but he...
Judge Silver: But what? He levitated her? Thank your lucky stars I'm not the trial judge. Bail is 100,000. [bangs gavel]

Background information and notes Edit

  • This episode is based on the Deletha Word case. Deletha Word was a Detroit woman who in 1995 was beaten so severely by a man that she jumped off a bridge into the Detroit River to escape him even though she couldn't swim. Ms. Word drowned and her attacker was convicted of second-degree murder the following year.


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